Tuition Support Fundraiser & Silent Auction 2014

Variety Show and Silent Auction 2014

From the April 1, 2014 Newsletter:

Auction and Variety Show to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
This Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Happy Hour, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

The Tuition Support Auction is this Saturday April 5th. Have you:
Bought cash raffle tickets? They were mailed to your home, or available in all offices.
Sent in your RSVP? Discounted tickets available if you cannot afford the entry fee. Call Lynne Espy at x. 116
Arranged for a sitter? If having free baby-sitting is the only way you can come to the auction, click this link.
Signed up to work a shift the afternoon or night of the Auction? Click here to sign up. The auction can’t run smoothly without your help. There are still quite a few spots to fill – especially during clean-up.
If you can’t come, but still want to bid, Click here for an absentee bid sheet.

Click here for a PDF of the Auction Catalog. Look for hard copies today in your eldest child’s backpack.

Remember for you early birds who like to peruse the bidding at your leisure:
Happy Hour from 5 - 6:00 pm with hors d'oeuvres.

 

Instead of waiting in the check-out line after the Variety Show,  volunteer to help break down and clean-up if you can.  Here’s your chance to join in, meet parents and participate. Click here to sign up. Any questions, please contact Stacie Hamilton-Waldron at shamwald@maine.rr.com or Mary Martin at events@merriconeag.org.

 

Back by Popular Demand: Merri-Happenings! Check your calendars NOW so you can sign up on Auction night.

No bidding is required for Merri-Happenings, the price per person for each party is very reasonable and it’s easy to join in. At the Auction, just sign your name for the Merri-Happening that you want to go to, and pay the fee at check-out! The selection is fabulous – you will want to sign up for at least a couple Merri-Happenings: 
• An Evening of Craft Cocktails and Tapas: Friday evening, June 20th. Adults only. 
Hosts: Michael and Victoria Stefanakos, Sarah and Dan Pierce, Melisa and Dan Walker
Enjoy a selection of the finest locally made and mixed craft cocktails and delicious tapas, set in a gorgeous New Gloucester barn. Learn about the hottest craft cocktails and start your summer off on the right foot!
• Dinner and A Murder: Saturday evening, July 26. Adults only. 
Hosts: Patty Carton and John Newlin and Valerie and Steve Konstatino. 
Murder most foul is about to be committed! The villain will be one of us. Who can you trust? You will all have skeletons in your closet... some quite literally. Prepare yourself to be immersed in an evening of treachery, intrigue, backstabbing and laugh out loud fun. Come join us... if you dare!
• Milkweed Farm to Table Dinner 
Hosts: Lucretia and Michael Woodruff, Milkweed Farm, Brunswick. Date tbd. 
Fresh salads and homemade pizzas from our clay oven with fresh made mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, plus great homemade toppings including pestos, farm sausage and veggies. Our apprentice Muriel is a trained pastry chef and will bake some luscious pies. BYOB.
• Summer Shore Picnic: Daytime: Aug. 2 (rain date Aug. 3). Families (all ages)
Hosts: Katie and Chuck Martin
Back by popular demand from last year: A great family event, especially for those who love to play on the water. Lunch provided, including lobsters, corn, salads, dessert, drinks.
Sat. May 17, 9am – noon, in Brunswick. Ages: Kids in grades 1 - 6.
Hosts: Heidi Randall and Priscilla Nicholson (in Priscilla’s art studio in Fort Andross)
Silk screening party with Heidi Randall. Spend a Saturday morning learning how to silk screen, with breaks for yummy, healthy snacks and fun, interactive games. All art supplies and one t-shirt per child provided.

 Kayaking Trip: Wednesday, July 9, 8 am - 2 pm; Rain Date, Thursday, July 10. For students in grades 8-12 (must weigh 90+lbs ). Cost: $25 per student
Host: Jane Koopman.
Half day White water Kayak Trip at Sheepscot Reversing Falls, Alna, with whitewater kayak expert and Waldorf graduate Jane Koopman. Bring lunch, sunscreen, hat, clothing. Bowdoin outing club provides boat, paddle, PDF and instruction. Location: Gather at Bowdoin Outing Club office, Bowdoin College campu
Submitted by the wonderful Auction Team

 

From the March 25, 2014 Newsletter:

 

Auction and Variety Show

to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

The Tuition Support Auction is Saturday April 5th– have you: 
 Bought cash raffle tickets? They were mailed to your home, or available in all offices.
 Sent in your RSVP? Discounted tickets available if you cannot afford the entry fee.
 Called a friend (from outside Merriconeag) to come as your free guest? 
 Arranged for a sitter? IF having free baby-sitting is the only way you can come to the auction,check this link.
 Signed up to work a shift the night of the Auction? Click here to sign up.

     Wondering what you might find at the Auction on April 5th? A wonderful assortment of over 85 items that are fun,l unique, Waldorf-inspired gifts for yourself or a loved one. These are gifts of the heart, donated by our community and friends to support our tiered tuition program. Read below for some teasers – and look for the printed Auction catalog to come home with your child early next week.

A blacksmithing lesson from Dereck Glaser –our high school blacksmithing instructor. Nothing warms body and soul more than learning respect for the forge, knowing the perfect orange glow in the coals to warm your iron and then, at last hammering out a beautiful piece of your own making. Work out that aggression and make something pretty!! \\

Or, perhaps, try some something with less possibility of flame, how about learning the ukulele! You can get started with one amazing hour lesson with an 8 year ukist veteren, "Ukulele Lu" Lucy Birkett Ahearne! Learn proper strumming, basic chords, bring a friend or two, it's a group lesson for three. Bring a real ukulele, those play ones will not serve you well on your new musical endeavor!

OK, how about gardening, Awaken the soul, get in touch with the earth and have a sweet and delicious result: bid on 20 red raspberry plants from the Mainella/Gunderson family!!! Plant them this spring and watch them flower and grow in abundance, precious little is as tasty as a sun-warmed fresh raspberry! Think of the potential for jams and chutney!

Check out the Empty Nester Basket from the thoughtful High School Parents, who are probably planning on this interesting experience themselves, so who better to provide all that is needed! The gifts run the gamut of informative, celebratory to contemplative and, um, mature tastes! Begin this new phase, or assist another who might about to jump in with:

 

Looking for Local Art at the Auction? Expand your collection of art by a local artist (who just happen to also be a fellow Merriconeag Parent!). Make a bid for Crab Study #5, a unique and beautiful found object piece by Julia M. Doughty. A wonderful mix of stone, copper, iron, glass, wood and wire combine to manifest this whimsical and daring work.

 

 

 

Instead of waiting in the check-out line after the Variety Show,  volunteer to help break down and clean-up if you can.  Here’s your chance to join in, meet parents and participate. Click here to sign up. Any questions, please contact Stacie Hamilton-Waldron at shamwald@maine.rr.com or Mary Martin at events@merriconeag.org.

 

From the March 18, 2014 Newsletter:

Variety Show and Silent Auction

to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

To whet your appetite here are some teasers of items that will be available at the Silent Auction. Send in your RSVP and Cash Raffle Tickets. Come One Come all!

Come the the Tuition Assistance Auction and Variety Show and you can walk away with a few days of natural bliss! You can revel in the fact that you are helping the school and possibly have this amazing two day get away for two at Chewonki's Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camp. Spend a couple summer nights in a rustic cabin near the water. Truly remove yourself. Take a trip down a bumpy dirt road and then a boat across the lake to your cozy cabin. Fix a hearty meal in the simple kitchen and warm yourself by the woodstove. Spend the days swimming, hiking, exploring, and enjoying. Return refreshed. How can you pass up the chance to recharge? The chance to hang out for a fun evening with other wonderful Merriconeag parents and friends gathering to do something awesome for our school. Join us and get a chance at this amazing tranquil experience.

 

Join us at the Tuition Assistance Auction and Variety Show, have a fun night, help the school, and the chance at a Soap Felting Party Pack for six children. Thanks to the Welch family of Entropy Farm you have the opportunity at a fabulous bit of soap felting fun for your children and their friends. You will have enough soap and roving, some from the sheep of Entropy Farm, for a happy gathering on a rainy day, a birthday party or just to bring friends together. It's only possible if you come on down to the Auction, a chance to win, a fun night, you cannot lose!

Generously donated by Portland Ovations: 2 best-available "A-price" tickets to Bobby McFerrin "Spirit You All" on Sunday April 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Merrill Auditorium, Portland.

Don’t forget to check your calendars and sign up for a Merri-Happening. No bidding is required, the price per person for each party is very reasonable and it’s easy to join in - on Auction night, just sign your name for the Merri-Happening that you want to go to, and pay the fee at check-out. Click here to check out our exciting array of Merri-Happenings for 2014.

VOLUNTEER to help set up for the event on Friday, April 4 or to help out during the event Saturday night. Here’s your chance to join in, meet parents and participate! Click here to sign up. Any questions, please contact Stacie Waldron at shamwald@maine.rr.com or Mary Martin atevents@merriconeag.org.

Need a babysitter for the night of the Auction - FREE? Students (7th-11th) are offering their baby-sitting services for free in order to allow parents to go and enjoy themselves without the worry of expense! We expect more names to be added, keep checking.M

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhGEdS8F67dYdEVJSXlaQ0FHdGF4LWxiTk5tZmtjZlE&usp=sharing

 

From the March 11, 2014 Newsletter:

Variety Show and Silent Auction

to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

 

Send in your rsvp card and payment: Your invitation should have arrived by mail. Please, please rsvp! We want to have plenty of food and drink available. We have kept the entry fee low ($25 each) so you will come. If this fee is preventing you (or a friend) from coming, please give Lynne Espy a call. We want everyone to come, and we can provide sponsor tickets if that’s what is needed to get you there!

 

Buy cash raffle tickets: Five cash raffle tickets were included in your invitation, and more are available in the office. We sincerely hope you will fill out with your name (or someone else’s name!) and phone number and send the stubs back with the payment. It is a 25/75 cash raffle, meaning that if you win, you keep 25% of the total proceeds. Last year, we raised $8,350 and the winner took home over $2,000! The more tickets sold, the bigger the prize money! Buy one, buy 10, or buy more! You need not be present to win, so feel free to sell them to your friends and neighbors. All grandparents have received an invitation to the auction (gratis) and five raffle tickets for purchase.

Merri-Happenings at the Auction: The Merri-Happenings that we introduced at last year’s Auction were wildly popular, and you begged that we offer these community building parties again this year! People loved meeting parents from the other classes, and they loved knowing that they could attend a really fun event that they didn’t have to organize themselves! 
      No bidding is required, the price per person for each party is very reasonable and it’s easy to join in - on Auction night, just sign your name for the Merri-Happening that you want to go to, and pay the fee at check-out! The selection is fabulous – you will want to sign up for at least a couple Merri-Happenings:. Look over the list, watch for updates, talk to your friends and check your calendars.

An Evening of Craft Cocktails and Tapas. Friday evening, June 20th. Adults only.
Hosts: Michael and Victoria Stefanakos, Sarah and Dan Pierce, Melisa and Dan Walker. Enjoy a selection of the finest locally made and mixed craft cocktails and delicious tapas, set in a gorgeous New Gloucester barn. Learn about the hottest craft cocktails and start your summer off on the right foot!
•Dinner and A Murder. Saturday evening, July 26. Adults only.
Hosts: Patty Carton and John Newlin and Valerie and Steve Konstatino.
Murder most foul is about to be committed! The villain will be one of us. Who can you trust? You will all have skeletons in your closet... some quite literally. Prepare yourself to be immersed in an evening of treachery, intrigue, backstabbing and laugh out loud fun. Come join us... if you dare!
•Milkweed Farm to Table Dinner. Saturday June 28th, 5 - 7 pm (Rain date: July 12th)
Hosts: Lucretia and Michael Woodruff, Milkweed Farm, Brunswick. Date tbd.
Fresh salads and homemade pizzas from our clay oven with fresh made mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, plus great homemade toppings including pestos, farm sausage and veggies. Our apprentice Muriel is a trained pastry chef and will bake some luscious pies. BYOB.
•BBQ and Music Barn Party. Saturday May 31st (Rain date: June 7th)
Hosts: Bill and Stacie Waldron
What isn’t to love about dancing music, barbecue and meeting fun people at a beautiful barn!
•Summer Shore Picnic. Daytime: Aug. 2 (rain date Aug. 3). Families (all ages)
Hosts: Katie and Chuck Martin
Back by popular demand from last year: A great family event, especially for those who love to play on the water. Lunch provided, including lobsters, corn, salads, dessert, drinks.
•Silkcreening for Kids. Sat. May 17, 9am – noon, in Brunswick. Ages: Kids in grades 1 - 6.
Hosts: Heidi Randall and Priscilla Nicholson (in Priscilla’s art studio in Fort Andross)
Silk screening party with Heidi Randall. Spend a Saturday morning learning how to silk screen, with breaks for yummy, healthy snacks and fun, interactive games. All art supplies and one t-shirt per child provided.
•White water Kayaking for older kids. week after graduation, date tbd
Host: Jane Koopman, Teens to Trails. Half day whitewater kayak trip at Sheepscot Reversing Falls, Alna.

Do you need a babysitter for the night of the Auction? Students (7th-11th) are offering their baby-sitting services for free in order to allow parents to go and enjoy themselves without the worry of expense! Babysitters are starting to sign up now so we have put the list (with their name, age, contact, information, and transportation needs) on a google doc for you to access. We expect more will come forward as well so will update with new volunteers periodically.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhGEdS8F67dYdEVJSXlaQ0FHdGF4LWxiTk5tZmtjZlE&usp=sharing

 

From the March 4, 2014 Newsletter:

 

Variety Show and Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

 

     Get ready to bid on the Highlights of the Silent Auction - the Grade Baskets (which as you remember aren't always contained in wicker...) There will be a Farm Scene from Grade One who made the stellar Dollhouse last year. For those of you with a sweet tooth there will be the Grade Seven "Basket of Delectables." And for you soon-to-be-empty(ish) nesters, there will be an irreverent basket from the Highschool to help you through the night.

 

        The Silent Auction will be brimming with offerings from our community like this Wool Spinning Lesson: 2 hours on a Louet-10 single treadle wheel, to learn the basics of spinning, plying, removing yarn from wheel to make skeins, and using a swift and ball-winder. Or if you aren’t nimble of finger but are quick on the grill, 50 pounds of Grass-fed, Happy Beef from Old Crow Ranch, cuts ranging from chuck roasts to T-Bone steaks, stew meat to top round and sirloin steaks to ground beef and soup bones.

     Don't miss out on these Hands and Hearts creations and exciting items! Your invitation is arriving soon.

     Sign up now to volunteer to help set up for the event on Friday 4 April or to help out during the event Saturday night. Here’s your chance to join in and participate. Click here to sign up.  Amy Eshoo

Our goal is to make it as easy and welcoming for as many parents to attend to the Auction as possible. We can all remember those days when paying the sitter seemed to tip the balance sheet of the evening! To that end, we are wondering if your 7th-11th graders would be willing to donate their babysitting services as their donation toward the Auction, which of course is a fabulous and fun community event that raises much needed funds to keep our school vibrant while defraying tuition costs. We will make up a list of the interested babysitters for parents looking for sitters. This is a wonderful offering that our children can give to the school, and of course it is great work experience that may lead to future jobs!

If your child would like to be placed on this one-time-pro-bono list, for donation of babysitting services on the evening of Saturday, April 5 (for as early as 5pm and as late as 11pm) please send an email (with the following information:Name, Grade/age, Town, Contact info, Red Cross Certified (optional), Hours available, Whether or not the babysitter will need transportation) to me at limnjucy@gmail.com with the following information by Friday, March 14.

From the Feburary 25, 2014 Newsletter:

Variety Show and Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

Be on the look out for your invitation to the Silent Auction featuring many items from the hands and hearts of our community, and to the Variety Show, ‘Steiner with a grain or two of salt!’  Sure to be a block buster hit! Your invitation is in the mail!

     Sign up starts now to volunteer to help set up for the event on Friday 4 April or to help out during the event Saturday night. Here’s your chance to join in and participate if you couldn’t offer eggs as an auction item because those hens ain’t layin’. Click here to sign up.

     And don’t forget that there is a featured Happy Hour from 5 - 6 p.m. for those of you who need a little time to peruse the Silent Auction before the merriment begins and you get caught up in the swirl of fun. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served to all starting at 5pm.

 

Auction Teaser #1: You do not want to miss the many wondrous offers of this year's Auction & Variety Show! How about winning an amazing Brazilian Feast for 6! Invite a few of your favorite people to enjoy a brief journey into some scrumptious exotic fair of Brazil. A delightful menu of Caipirinhas, a sugar cane based kind of rum served with fresh limes; an appetizer consisting of gluten free cheese breads made with Manioc flour; a main dish called, Feijoada, a flavorful meat and beans concoction, or take the vegetarian option of Brazilian Style Black Beans, paired with Brazilian rice, collard greens and oranges. End the meal with a sweet Passion Fruit Mousse. But it does not end there!! While you and your friends have a marvelous nosh, your atmosphere will be further enhanced with select Brazilian music which you will receive as another gift to remember this tasty epicurean delight for years to come! Don't let this mouth-watering opportunity pass you by, attend the Auction and make this luscious happening yours to share!

Auction Teaser #2: Dear friends, do not just ask what you can do for the Auction & Variety Show, ask what the Auction & Variety Show can do for you! How about, getting you a leg up on becoming one of Maine's premier chicken farmers. Scoff not! Brooks Feed and Farm of Brunswick has graciously donated a Chicken Starter Kit that is up for the bidding! Do not miss your window of opportunity!! A wonderful beginning of a heat lamp, food base, feeder, 2 gallon waterer, 5 pounds of organic layer mash and most importantly, 6 baby chicks of your choice from a wide and varied selection to be delivered mid May!! Possibilities include Arauconas, Golden Wyandottes, Jersey Black Giants, Golden Comets, or Black Austrolorps!! Experience the joy of raising chickens!!! Don't let this pass you by!! Come to the Tuition Assistance Auction and seed the dream of chicken raising!! Only your participation can make it possible!!

 

From the February 11, 2014 Newsletter:
Are you regretting that you missed last year's Eurythmy Burlesque or Michaelmas Chorus Line? Then be sure to be there this year for a new round of irreverent hilarity. It is shaping up to be quite a show! If you have any notion of participating, either with ideas or performance, please contact Lisa Bossi by the end of February vacation. lisabossi@comcast.net.

 

Variety Show and Silent Auction

to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5

 

From the February 4, 2014 Newsletter:

Variety Show and Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition 
Saturday, April 5th 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 pm)
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
      Mark your calendars and get your sitters – AUCTION and VARIETY SHOW is Saturday evening, April 5th.. This is a fun celebration of the variety within our community and our desire to make this education accessible to a large variety of families. There will be delicious hors-d’oeuvres, homemade desserts, student and parent-made items, the infamous silent auction, and a humor-filled variety show involving parents and faculty! Don’t forget, the auction isn’t just about fund-raising through shopping—nearly half of every $25 admission ticket purchase price goes directly to Tiered Tuition. It’s sure to be a great evening – you won’t want to miss it!
1.) Come to the Auction: The fundraiser will be successful, and the party will be lots of fun, if everyone comes! Mark your calendar and get a babysitter so you can enjoy the evening! That includes ALL families, from early childhood through high school - we want to see you there! If you bring a friend from outside the community, they come for free!
2.) Donate a service or item to the silent auction: Can you donate something hand-made (from the heart and hands), or a unique Waldorf-inspired gift, or a service that you think someone in the community would value? If so, please contact one of us:
ECC Coordinator: Meghan Nathanson (meghankate64@hotmail.com)
Grades 1 -4: Susan Stark (sstark@bates.edu), 
Grades 5 and 8: Katie Martin (katiepmartin@gmail.com)
Grades 6 & 7: Alicia Heyburn (aheyburn@hotmail.com)
High School: Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org)
Board: Barbara Kappelmann (boston97@roadrunner.com)
Faculty: Michael Fenderson (mfenderson@merriconeag.org)
3.) Be an Auction Sponsor: On the attached Auction Sponsorship Donation Form, you will see all the benefits of being an auction sponsor. Sponsor the Auction as an individual, in memory or in honor of someone, or as a way to promote your business! Each dollar raised goes directly to tuition support, and your sponsorship comes with great visibility and benefits. Contact Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org) soon if you are interested in being a sponsor.

Many thanks, Auction Committee Chairs: Amy Eshoo, Lisa Bossi, Lynne Espy and Mary Martin

From  the January 14, 2014 Newsletter:

Tuition Support Auction and Variety Show Planning is Beginning –

we need your help!

     Next Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 8:45 a.m. in the Farmhouse we will hold a planning meeting (with yummy refreshments of course) for this year’s Auction. This year the Auction will be held on the evening of Saturday, April 5th. The Auction supports tuition funding at Merriconeag – a cause that is vital to the well being and economic diversity of our school. The Auction is always a memorable party, known for its fun themes, great food, and joyful celebration of this community. Mark your calendars now, and look for future Tuesday News notices about ways you can help with the Auction’s success.

     If you are interested in helping with the Auction, or you just want to learn more about it, please come to this planning meeting or contact Lynne Espy. Whatever your time constraints or talents, we will find a task for you!

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900, Ext. 116